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Life Sciences => Plant Sciences, Zoology & Evolution => Topic started by: AllenG on 16/11/2008 03:18:03

Title: What are these tiny bugs in my puddles?
Post by: AllenG on 16/11/2008 03:18:03
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Along the driveway, in the mud puddles, there is what looks like an oil slick.

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But when you get closer you can see they are bugs, in the thousands, only a half or a quarter of a millimeter long.  I have no idea what they are, but they are in every puddle for a half a mile down the road.  And when the ground is dry they gather in the same herds in the puddle basins.

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They bunch up on the surface of the water and squirm around, sometimes hopping.

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You can see how small they are by the the size of the veins in the oak leaf.

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Floating on the water's surface.

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Dorsal side

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Ventral side, and about as far as I can push my optics.

Who knows what these critters are?

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Forgot to add: These were taken in north Georgia, USA.
Title: What are these tiny bugs in my puddles?
Post by: dentstudent on 17/11/2008 08:29:32
I think that they are Hypogastrura purpurescens, a kind of Springtail.

Have a look at this site - I think that they look close to this.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/174468

and also here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shane58/2457716820/
Title: What are these tiny bugs in my puddles?
Post by: AllenG on 17/11/2008 20:51:52
I believe you are absolutely correct.
Thank you very much,

--A